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Tottenham Hotspur: Conte must unleash Richarlison against Fulham

Tottenham Hotspur are back in action tomorrow with a Premier League home clash against fellow London club, Fulham.

Their previous league outing saw Antonio Conte’s side draw 1-1 against West Ham United at the London Stadium.

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The Lilywhites found themselves 1-0 up after 34 minutes in midweek thanks to an own goal from Hammers defender Thilo Kehrer, only for Tomas Soucek to grab an equaliser for his side in the second half.

On the chalkboard

In terms of what Conte’s starting XI could look like for tomorrow’s showdown against the Cottagers, one player that didn’t start on Wednesday that we feel should be in from the beginning on this occasion is Richarlison.

With four league appearances to his name for Spurs, the Brazilian has yet to start a game for his new club, who he joined from Everton in a deal worth £60m during the summer.

Bearing in mind how Heung-min Son has failed to find the back of the net on even one occasion so far this season despite starting all of their league games, Conte could decide to take him out of the team and give Richarlison his chance to shine.

Spurs need him

The 25-year-old has been praised for his attacking presence by former Everton and current Real Madrid manager, Carlo Ancelotti, who had this to say about him.

He said: “He is very cool-headed, he rarely misses a chance. With a bit more experience and knowledge, he will be able to strengthen his qualities. He is complete. He feels comfortable in the area, outside the area, on the counter-attack.”

Should Conte start Richarlison against Fulham?

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Taking into account how Marco Silva’s side currently have more successful pressures (240) and interceptions (103) than any other side in the Premier League, it’s safe to say that Spurs could have another tough test on their hands and could do with as much attacking presence on the pitch as they can.

Also, with eight clubs, including Fulham, having a higher rate for goals per shot on target than Spurs (0.32), this further highlights the need they have for someone as clinical as Richarlison to come in and do a job for them in front of goal.

Moving forward, with tomorrow’s showdown in mind, we feel that it could be the ideal time for Conte to shake his team up a bit and give the former Everton star his first start of the season.

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